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Oslo-listed shipowner and dry bulk transporter Pioneer Marine Inc has taken delivery of its second 38,419 dwt Green Dolphin eco-design handysize vessel, the MV Kite Bay, from Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding.MV Kite Bay’s fuel consumption is about 6 tonnes per day lower than the non-eco design vessels, according to Pioneer.The Green Dolphin newbuilding series is equipped with Ice Class 1C, fully logs fitted, suitable for the carriage of various dangerous cargoes, grab fitted, ABB Octopus system for fuel consumption optimization, and mass flow meters on the bunker line.MV Kite Bay will begin a one-year charter on a floating rate based on the Baltic Supramax Index less a small discount. The deal includes an option to extend the charter for up to one additional year.With this delivery, Pioneer now operates a fleet of fourteen handysize vessels and one handymax vessel.“Pioneer had contracted twelve newbuilds of which three have been cancelled without penalty and two vessels have delivered. The seven remaining newbuildings are scheduled to be delivered in 2016 (four) and 2017 (three),” Pankaj Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, said.As World Maritime News reported, the company took delivery of its first Green Dolphin vessel the MV Falcon Bay in September 2015. The vessel is chartered under a one-year charter agreement, with an option to extend the contract for up to one additional year.
Allseas was contracted by Synergy Cargo Services Europe Pty Ltd to move the Bridgewater factory to Chittagong, where it will be reassembled and refurbished for operation by MAF Paper Mills .The relocation required the shipment of pieces up to 5.8 metres wide; the consignment included a series of massive tanks and drums as well as 132 high-cube containers, 40 x 40-foot flatracks and several open-top 20-foot containers.The size of the largest pieces meant a road journey of any distance was not an option for the largest pieces, so these were shipped out of Ellesmere Port (near to the factory location) by feeder to Antwerp, for loading on the SCI Chennai .The project, managed by Synergy managing director Sanjoy Das , Synergy director Amit Ahuja , and Allseas Global Logistics commercial manager Mark Binge , began in November 2010 and is now nearing completion.The factory – technically called a de-inking plant – will be refurbished in Chittagong and is expected to be 100 percent operational in the next nine to 12 months, producing pulp.Factory relocations represent a major area of business for Allseas, which has developed a strong reputation and expertise in such work. “We have been extremely busy handling factory relocations in recent years,” said Mark Binge. “Ten years ago these were mainly moves to China as the final destination – but the markets are now much more varied.”Last year Allseas was appointed by Pilkington to handle the relocation of a glass factory from Birmingham in the UK to Santos in Brazil.Synergy, a rapidly growing global logistics company with bases in Dubai, India, Colombo and London, has recently handled major project cargoes out of Wales and Germany, amongst others.
The Punta Sollana dock will be extended by 330 m to a quay length of 680 m. The expansion will allow two ships to moor simultaneously and therefore speed up the loading and unloading of liquid and bulk cargo traffic.The work is intended to reduce the effects of waves that cause overflowing on the Punta Sollana esplanade, and vessel movement in port.Sacyr Construcción and Cyes Infraestructuras will complete the project. It is expected to take 44 months at a cost of EUR41.2 million (USD55.06 million). www.bilbaoport.es
The growth for the period is mainly attributable to DSV’s acquisition of UTi, which was completed at the beginning of this year.DSV Air & Sea’s net revenue for the first nine months totalled DKK23.7 billion (USD3.5 billion), compared to DKK16.5 billion (USD2.4 billion) in the same period of 2015. This growth is despite revenues being negatively affected by low freight rates and exchange rates.Meanwhile, the DSV division posted gross profit of DKK6.3 billion (USD941 million) for the first nine months of the year, compared with DKK3.9 billion (USD582 million) in the same period of 2015.www.dsv.com
The government insists it is not obliged immediately to reinstate legal aid for prisoners following an ‘unprecedented and groundbreaking’ Court of Appeal judgment today.In R (Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service) v the Lord Chancellor, the Court of Appeal considered five areas of prison law where the Ministry of Justice removed criminal legal aid eligibility in December 2013.The court ruled that the high threshold required for a finding of inherent or systemic unfairness was satisfied in the case of pre-tariff reviews by the parole board, category A reviews (those whose escape would be highly dangerous), and decisions regarding placement in close supervision centres.The threshold was not satisfied in relation to decisions about offending behaviour programmes and courses, and disciplinary proceedings where no additional days of imprisonment or detention can be awarded.Following the judgment, a spokesperson for the ministry said: ‘We note the Court of Appeal’s judgment on changes made to legal aid regulations – introduced in 2013 – and will consider whether to appeal.’Eligibility for criminal legal aid in certain prison law matters was removed in December 2013.Deborah Russo, joint managing solicitor of the Prisoners’ Advice Service, said today’s ruling was an ‘unprecedented and groundbreaking legal victory in which the vulnerability of the prison population is fully recognised as a key factor in its limited ability to access justice’.She added: ‘Common law came to the rescue of a marginalised and often forgotten sector of our society.’According to the Howard League for Penal Reform, almost 300 people have taken their own lives since cuts to legal aid for prisoners were introduced. Calls to the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service have increased by nearly 50%.Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League, said: ‘This decision will make the public safer. It vindicates our concerns that cuts imposed by the former lord chancellor, Chris Grayling, in 2013 presented a grave risk that prisoners would become stuck in a broken system.’This sends a clear message that important decisions about prisoners cannot be made efficiently or fairly in the face of these cuts.’However, the ministry stressed that today’s judgment does not mean the government must immediately reinstate legal aid in the three areas where the threshold for inherent or systemic unfairness was satisfied, noting that this is one option.The judgment said: ‘We emphasise that we recognise that there may be safeguards other than legal aid and advice that will prevent inherent or systemic unfairness by enabling a prisoner to participate effectively in a category of decision-making.’
Catherine Burt: dynamic fraud detection Speaking at an Association of British Insurers conference yesterday, Catherine Burt, national head of the counter fraud team at DAC Beachcroft Claims Ltd, warned that, if solicitors leave the market, opportunistic fraud could increase, as it will be more difficult to detect in a digital portal.’I can see the portal is a really good idea from the industry’s point of view – the whole point is settling claims as cheaply and quickly as possible,’ said Burt. ‘I share the concerns about how we are going to deal with fraud in that process, unless there are checks built into it. Insurers will have to be on top of their game to detect fraud and deal with it.’We are going to have a look at some form of AI with dynamic fraud detection built into it. We have done a lot of work on knowing who are our opponents, but the claims solicitors are moving out of the market and we don’t know who is coming up behind [or] the information that we need to defeat [fraudulant] claims.’Burt said there is also the issue of some injuries remaining subject to common law damages and not the tariff. Insurer clients have already reported an increase in claims for injuries to elbows and knees, she said.Speaking at the same event, Donna Scully, director of Liverpool firm Carpenters which represents claimants and insurers, said her firm is sifting out up to 25% inquiries to ensure they do not go into the current claims portal. ‘That filtering process is going. How are we going to deal with fraud checks and keep an eye on it? We need it to be frictionless but it will be easy potentially for somebody to commit fraud,’ Scully said. A leading defendant lawyer has warned of unintended consequences that could undermine personal injury reforms – as claims managers already seek ways to get round new legislation.The Civil Liability Bill came passed the House of Lords yesterday with no further amendments and could be granted royal assent within a matter of days.The legislation imposes a tariff of fixed damages – significantly reduced from current levels – for soft-tissue injuries lasting up to two years, alongside secondary legislation to increase the small claims limit for RTA claims to £5,000.The changes, due to come into force from April 2020, are likely to mean personal injury solicitors are sidelined as claimants suffering whiplash injuries are instead guided to an online portal where they will effectively represent themselves.
CHINA: The 514 km coastal line between Xiamen and Shenzhen in southeast China was opened for revenue service on December 28.This completes the link between the Beijing – Guangzhou – Shenzhen Passenger-Dedicated Line and the east coast route which starts in Shanghai and serves Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Fujian and Xiamen. Journey times between Xiamen and Shenzhen have been cut from 13 h to 3 h 30 min.The opening was timed to coincide with the introduction of China Railways Corp’s latest national timetable, which also marks the start of regular services on several other lines that have been under construction in recent years.These include the lines linking Hengyang to Liuzhou and Liuzhou to Nanning, which together complete a direct connection between the Beijing – Guangzhou PDL and Nanning, the capital of Guangxi province in southern China. The new timetable includes through high speed trains linking Guangxi province with other parts of the country for the first time.Two other lines in Guangxi were also opened for revenue service on December 28. One connects Nanning with the port of Beihai, and the second diverges from that line at the intermediate station of Qinzhou to serve the coastal city of Fangchenggang. Further north, the same day also saw the opening of a new line between Lichuan and Chongqing, completing the final section of the east – west high speed corridor linking Wuhan and Chongqing, together with the high speed link connecting Xi’an with the city of Baoji.Other highlights of the new timetable include high speed EMU services from both Harbin and Dalian to Shanghai, which make use of the Tianjin –Qinhuangdao line inaugurated on December 1. In total, CRC has increased its national passenger service to 2 369 pairs of trains per day.In conjunction with its revised national timetable CRC released details on December 28 of the additional services which it is planning to operate during the Spring Festival travel period. This begins on January 16, two weeks before the Chinese New Year.
Share Share 49 Views 3 comments Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Man headed to Dominica arrested on gun charges in Barbados by: – December 19, 2012 Tweet A man who was headed to Dominica was arrested at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados Sunday (Dec. 16) with a firearm and fifty-nine (59) rounds of ammunition concealed in his luggage.Thirty-five year old Malachi Maliki Haile Mugabe, whose nationality has not yet been confirmed, was accosted with a St. Kitts passport.He arrived in Barbados by air from Trinidad at about 11:20 am on Sunday.When his luggage was scanned by Customs Officials the contraband was discovered in a concealed compartment at the bottom of his luggage and he was handed over to the police.Mugabe has been charged with: Illegal Possession of a firearm; Illegal Possession with 59 rounds of ammunition; Importation of a firearm without a valid license; and Importation of ammunition without a valid license.He appeared at the District B Magistrate Court on Monday (Dec, 17), and was remanded until January 14, 2013.“At the time that he was arrested he was the holder of a St. Kitts-Nevis passport. It lists his occupation as seaman and it would appear he travels quite frequently,” PRO of the Royal Barbados Police Force inspector David Welch told St. Kitts & Nevis Observer.According to The Observer the Mr. Welch also revealed that Mugabe had St. Kitts -Nevis listed as his place of birth and nationality on the passport, hence St. Kitts police officials were informed by Barbados.“It is procedure that we alert the police in the country where the person resides to ascertain their true identity, if the person is wanted or if indeed they are a national of that country,” Mr. Welch said further.He assured that the Barbados police was doing “follow-up investigation” into the matter.Public relations officer of the Dominica Police Force, inspector John Carbon told Dominica Vibes News that they are aware of the incident and are seeking further information regarding the person of interest.Mugabe was scheduled to arrive in Dominica on Sunday and leave at the weekend. Dominica Vibes News